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tonight, several developing headlines as we come on the air. the alleged school shooter. the new video, what it shows. and nikolas cruz in court. and now, the husband and wife who took him in, breaking their silence. answering the questions, what did they know? were there signs? and what they said to him after the massacre and what he said back. also tonight, the twitter storm. president trump unleashes. the president under mounting pressure from many of the school kids at that school to do something. and the president taking aim, saying the fbi missed signals in florida, spending too much time on russia. the reaction was swift. the major winter storm. 24 states, from california to vermont. snow, ice, flooding. more than 100 accidents and counting. the brawl at sea. the pictures. the huge fight onboard a cruise ship. more than 20 family members involved.
and tonight, police now investigating possible criminal charges. fergie responds tonight, amid the social media storm after her rendition of the national anthem. ♪ what she's now saying tonight. and president trump's tweet about oprah not long before midnight. why he's calling her insecure. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on this presidents' day. and tonight, the president unleashing that twitter storm involving the florida scoot shooling, the fbi and russia. nikolas cruz in court for a preliminary hearing today. and this video now emerging, allegedly fighting at school. tonight, we're learning more about what that fight might have centered around with cruz. and for the first time, the family that took him in after his mother died from the flu now breaking their silence. abc's victor oquendo reporting
from florida tonight. >> reporter: nikolas cruz appearing in court, flanked by police officers, head bowed, eyes trained on the ground. tonight, investigators are piecing together clues from his past, including this video obtained by abc affiliate wplg, allegedly showing cruz, in a white shirt, fighting at school. student ariana lopez says the fight was over a girl cruz briefly dated. >> he would hit her. he would threaten her. >> reporter: cruz expelled after the fight, but lopez says she and her friends had made multiple reports to school officials before the fight, alerting them to disturbing behavior from cruz. >> he texted them, threatening them, saying he was going to kill them and their friends and our families. that he was going to use the guns that he owned. >> reporter: the couple who took cruz into their home last november after his mother died of the flu, breaking their silence. >> everything everybody seems to know, we didn't know. we had rules. and he followed every rule to the "t." he was very polite. he seemed normal. >> reporter: james and kimberly snead say they never saw what his former neighbors did --
cruelty and killing of animals, or those instagram posts showing cruz holding a pistol. in another, a large knife. >> as far as the animal killings, he never did anything like that at our house. we have animals. he loved our animals. our animals loved him. >> there is no way i would let anybody in my house if i thought he was torturing animals at all. and if we had known anything about the instagram accounts, he wouldn't have even been in our home. >> reporter: the sneads owned guns, and knew cruz had his own guns, but say they were locked away. >> before he moved in, one of the stipulations was he had to get a gun safe. and we got a gun safe on the way back from moving his stuff to our house. >> he didn't have free access to this gun safe? >> no, no. i thought i had the only key to the gun safe. >> reporter: today, a source telling abc news cruz had legally purchased seven guns, including an ak-47 and the ar-15 allegedly used in the massacre. just hours after the rampage, kimberly snead, who took him in, says she confronted cruz at the police station after he was arrested.
>> really, nik? really? he mumbled something. i didn't hear. he said he was sorry. >> he said he was sorry. >> but i didn't hear that. i was just furious and -- heartbroken. absolutely just heartbroken. devastated. i still can't process it, what he's done. because this wasn't the person that we knew. not at all. >> and victor oquendo with us live tonight from the school. and victor, we know the fbi received that tip six weeks before the shooting. tonight, we've always learned there was an investigation by florida's department of children and families? >> reporter: david, abc news has confirmed there was a dcf investigation that found that cruz was depressed and that he wanted to buy a weapon, but in the end, they found no signs of neglect, so, they closed that investigation. today, a judge ruled that the entire report should be released to the public. david? >> victor oquendo, thank you. president trump, meanwhile, under growing pressure, much of that pressure from the students themselves, the survivors from that school in florida, who now
plan to march on washington. as the president unleashes that twitter storm on everything from the fbi and the shooting to russia. as those students speak out themselves, they want the president to act. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: outside the white house today, a group of students calling themselves teens for gun reform, staged a protest. one teen holding a sign, "am i next?" it follows the raw outrage from students at the parkland, florida, high school who witnessed the carnage first-hand. >> they say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. we saw bs. >> enough is enough! >> reporter: the students offering a blunt message to those in power. >> this isn't about the gop, this isn't about the democrats, this is about the adults. we feel neglected and at this point, you're either with us or against us. >> reporter: the president has promised to take action, but has said nothing specific about what he would do. his press secretary today saying
only the president supports efforts to improve the federal background check system. over the weekend, the president met with survivors of the attack and also first responders and medical staff, giving a big thumbs up to their efforts. but not long after that, he went after the fbi, tweeting, "very sad that the fbi missed all of the many signals sent out by the florida school shooter. this is not acceptable. they are spending too much time trying to prove russian collusion with the trump campaign." the president's tweets about florida and russia drew bipartisan condemnation. democratic congressman ruben gallego tweeting, "children are being buried today. could you please act presidential at least on their behalf? you really have no shame." but the president seemed fixated on the russia investigation. in one of many tweets, saying, "if it was the goal of russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the u.s., then they have succeeded beyond their
wildest dreams. they are laughing their asses off in moscow." the president has repeatedly raised doubts about russia's involvement, but in one of his 20 tweets this weekend, he denied that, pointing to this moment from the campaign. >> i mean, it could be russia, but it could also be china. could also be lots of other people. it also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay? >> reporter: and even now, rather than calling out vladimir putin, the president today is slamming democrats, tweeting, "obama was president up to and beyond the 2016 election. so why didn't he do something about russian meddling?" in fact, president obama did confront putin and slapped sanctions on russia in december 2016, also expelling 35 russian diplomats. >> all right, so, let's get to jon karl live from the white house. and jon, the president tweeting about russia, as you reported there, all weekend long, and about his own national security adviser, h.r. mcmaster, who said on russia over the weekend that the evidence is now, quote,
incontrovertible. the president then responding to him. >> reporter: the president directly criticizing h.r. mcmaster, saying general mcma mcmaster forgot to say the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the russians. so, while you heard a lot from the president on russia, criticizing the democrats, president obama, his own national security adviser, one person the president did not criticize at all, vladimir putin. david? >> jon karl kicking off another week at the white house. thank you, jon. next, the winter storm barrelling from coast to coast tonight. alerts in 24 states from california, all the way east to vermont. heavy snow and icy conditions in salt lake city tonight. more than 100 accidents and counting across the country. and look at this, flooding in mason, west virginia. more rain and the way from texas all the way up to michigan. a messy scene across the country. let's get to rob marciano, tracking it all tonight. >> reporter: a big system. we call this a highly amplified system. warmth to the east, cold to the west. you see the snows in the mountains, that will continue
across the northern tier. icing from green bay back to des moines. we're worried about the rain, chicago to detroit. and then tomorrow afternoon, another batch of rain kind of focuses down across the mid south. and by the time wednesday rolls around, we could see fire inches of rain in this area, and that's going to run the rivers high. the temperatures are going to be well above norm am. 20 to 25 degrees. near 70 degrees in cleveland. even warmer on wednesday. >> rob, thank you. next tonight, the brawl at sea. chaos erupting onboard a carnival cruise ship. members of a large extended family repeatedly fighting with other passengers and with security. the captain then making an unscheduled stop. the question tonight, could there now be criminal charges? here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: tonight, australian police investigating possible criminal charges in this giant bawl aboard a carnival cruise ship. witnesses and carnival blaming members of a large family for instigating the violence.
>> i was quite scared at the time, feeling quite threatened. >> reporter: but some passengers complaining the ship's staff didn't keep them safe. security guards resorting to hitting and kicking passengers. this guard preparing to punch a woman, but then stopping himself. other crew members trying to stop people from filming the chaos. >> if you had your phone out like that, they would snatch it straight out of your hand. >> reporter: there were reports of that family engaging in unrule little behavior for several days before that giant fight. the ship sailing the south pacific docking early. nine members of that family kicked off. 14 other relatives choosing to join them. david, carnival tells us, "the actions of the security team seen in that video are not in line with its values or policies," and it is conducting a complete investigation. david? >> linzie janis, thank you. we move on now for the desperate search for a missing uber and lyft driver.
his mother says her son or someone else was using her son's phone, calling 911 24 hours after he disappeared. here's abc's kayna whitworth tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a frantic search underway for a missing uber and lyft driver. friends taking to the streets and putting up fliers around los angeles in hopes of finding 29-year-old joshua thiede. >> this is extremely out of the ordinary for josh. i mean, he would at least tell one person he's taking off. >> reporter: thiede was driving a 2014 black nissan altima vanishing last sunday. friends and family say a 911 call was made from his phone the next day. >> we are not sure why he made that phone call. there is no transcript of the phone call, because there was not a conversation recorded. >> reporter: his mother finding the call in his phone log and alerting police. that same phone pinging at an address near his home on thursday, and since that time, no contact. and still no sign of thiede or his car. tonight, the los angeles police
department telling his mother they are investigating several tips that have recently come in. david, both uber and lyft say they are working with law enforcement and will continue to assist however they can. david? >> kayna, thank you. there was one more tweet from the president making headlines today. the one he sent not long before midnight last night. it was about oprah, calling her insecure. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: late last night, just minutes before midnight, president trump taking to twitter to slam oprah. "just watched a very insecure oprah winfrey, who at one point i knew very well, interview a panel of people on "60 minutes." >> polls are showing that respect for the united states is eroding around the world. >> reporter: the former talk show host sitting down with a group of michigan voters. but trump did not approve, tweeting, "the questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. hope oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others." speculation swirled that oprah was considering a run for president in 2020 after this
speech at the golden globes. >> that a new day is on the horizon! >> reporter: when asked if he could beat her? >> yeah -- oprah would be a lot of fun. >> reporter: but oprah recently put the rumors to bed. >> it's just not in my spirit. it's not my dna. >> reporter: it was actually on oprah's show in 1988 when she asked trump if he would ever run for president. >> i just don't think i have the inclination to do it. i love what i'm doing, i really like it, i -- >> it also doesn't pay as well. >> no it doesn't. >> reporter: now, she's the one taking a pass, even as the president continues to tweet. >> linsey davis here with us tonight. and president trump now calling oprah insecure, as you pointed out, but in the past, he had high praise for her. joked at one point, maybe he wasn't joking, saying he would like her as a running mate. >> reporter: that's right. in 1999, when he was considering a run, he told larry king that oprah would be his first choice for a running mate. he saw, quote, she's popular, she's brilliant. she's a wonderful woman.
she would be sort of like me. >> oprah recently said, no interesting? >> reporter: not happening. >> linsey, thank you. the winter olympics in south korea tonight. the team usa women's hockey team going for the gold, set to face off against the powerhouse canadian team in the final. and the new doping scandal tonight in curling. russia's bronze medal winner in the mixed doubles facing a doping ban. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the uproar over the national anthem. you might have seen this one. fergie now responding tonight. what she's saying about the performance. also ahead, the postal worker shot and killed on an american highway. the search for the suspects tonight. the new health headline breaking today. the possible blood test that could help diagnose autism. we'll have more on that. and the mega blockbuster smashing records tonight. the stars of the movie right here tonight. a lot more news ahead.
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even legendary opera singers will tell that you the national anthem is not an easy song to sing, and is best down simply. in statement tonight, yes she's responding in a statement, fergie says, "i wanted to try something special for the nba. i'm a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone." she continues with that, she loves this country and honestly tried her best. david? >> that she did. steve, thank you so much. when we come back here tonight, the new health headline. scientists working on a possible blood test to help diagnose autism. also, that postal worker shot and killed on the interstate. his mail truck riddled with bullets. there is the a search right now. the cougar on the loose in an american neighborhood. look at this. right up to the living room window. window. we'll be right back. attack. it changed my life. but i'm a survivor. after my heart attack, my doctor prescribed brilinta. it's for people who have been hospitalized for a heart attack. brilinta is taken with a low-dose aspirin.
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it's 2018, this is still considered revolutionary. >> yeah, it is. >> setting a precedent that i think is going to be difficult to go back on, which is what's exciting. >> reporter: we sat down with the cast of the film. chadwick boseman, who play s th black panther, and danai gurira. >> you want to have a good time making a movie, and if a movie can change something in the world, then, you know, you want that, too. >> reporter: what kind of movie is "black panther?" is it a black movie? >> i did, because i think maybe some of these terms are, you know, they're limiting. you know, the black movie term. like, let's crack that open. >> reporter: "black panther," the latest heart pounding movie by marvel. already breaking records, even film star lupita nyong'o couldn't get tickets. >> 15 minutes later, i was trying to purchase tickets, and they are sold out.
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news as we speak. you are looking at live pictures right now. a rollover crash is blocking traffic at cesar chavez in san francisco. you can see the vehicle. it was just righted moments ago. we are told at least two people were removed on gurneys and taken to the hospital. they haven't said if other vehicles are involved. for more than a mile as sky 7 zooms out of the scene right there. as two lanes of the northbound traffic are being let through tonight. we will continue to bring you updates here on abc 7. you can find updates on our updated abc 7 news app. our other top story, a tragedy along the san mateo county coastline. a man trying to rescue his dog from a steep cliff falls hundreds of feet, sadly, to his death. the dog watched anxiously as rescue teams arrived on the scene. but there was nothing they could do. good afternoon, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm dion limb.
he was walking his dog and he fell hundreds of feet down to thornton state beach. >> the helicopter heading to the scene shows how steep and tall the cliffs above the beach are. they're quite treacherous. >> abc news reporter laura anthony joins us with this truly tragic story. laura? >> reporter: hi, dion. as you can see, it's really windy out here today and it's cold. let's show you the terrain we're dealing with here. it is beautiful here at thornton beach, but everywhere you look, there is a cliff, a dropoff. this is where this man was walking earlier today. just about a mile south of where i'm standing. it's unclear exactly what happened. but according to the national park service, his dog went down partially on a cliff and then he tried to go and get his dog. >> as shown from sky 7,